The natural effects of aging can cause a number of different effects. An undesirable effect of aging that women face is sagging breasts. While there is no doubt that aging can cause a woman’s breasts to droop, weight loss, breastfeeding, pregnancy, gravity and heredity are other causes.
Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem, and it’s known as a breast lift. It can restore a youthful appearance for breasts. After undergoing the procedure, many women have also benefitted from greater breast firmness and volume.
How It Works
By tightening supporting tissues and trimming excess skin, a breast lift can rejuvenate drooping breasts. Put simply, it will make breasts look much more youthful. Once the procedure has been performed, breasts will feel firmer and sit higher up on the chest.
However, the procedure can also be used to reposition the breasts or reduce the size of the dark skin that surrounds the nipple. It’s quite common for this skin to droop and stretch.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast lift?
Before you consider getting a breast lift, you should know if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. If your breasts meet certain criteria, then you’re a good candidate. If your breasts are sagging or flat, then a breast lift could be the perfect solution. If your breasts have lost volume or shape, you might be a good candidate. Women who have pendulous or elongated breasts are also great candidates. Some other conditions that would make you a candidate for a breast lift are one breast hanging lower, areolas in the wrong position, areolas or nipples point downward or areola or breast skin is stretched.
While all of these issues can make you a candidate for the procedure, it’s important that you meet other criteria. For example, ideal candidates don’t smoke, have a stable bodyweight, are healthy and have realistic expectations.
When You Should Avoid the Procedure
There are certain conditions that would indicate you should avoid getting a breast lift. If you’re planning on having children, then you should wait until after you have them. Nursing and pregnancy can counteract the results obtained from a breast lift because these activities stretch the skin. You should also understand that the procedure doesn’t affect the upper fullness or size of the breasts.
What to Expect
This procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis, and general anesthesia is used. The entire procedure can take anywhere from one to three hours. Doctor Tarola will choose the incision method depending on specific characteristics of your breasts. Full recovery can take about a month, and you’ll need to wear a surgical bra or similar device. After surgery, your breasts will likely be uncomfortable, swollen or bruised. Most patients are satisfied with the results.
If you’re interested in a breast lift, Dr. Tarola can help. Contact Tarola Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation. We’ll work with you to determine the most effective treatment options for your needs.